Posted on March 15 2020
Awoo Dixi Fam,
You might have noticed that around here we have a little obsession with these magical forest creatures called Foxes :) And getting to work with Chaser on an entire collection inspired by these little beauties gave us a whole newfound appreciation for them! I saw someone online describe them as 'dog hardware running on cat software' and I don't think there could be a more apt description for these sweet animals!
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Did you know?
Foxes live on every continent except Antarctica.
A group of foxes is called a 'Skulk'.
A female fox is called a “vixen”, a male fox is called a “dog fox” or a “tod”, and baby foxes are called “pups”, “kits” or “cubs”.
Females usually give birth between March and May.
Foxes are typically monogamous and mate for life.
Foxes only have one predator in the UK - humans.
The League Against Cruel Sports
Fox hunting originated in the UK in the 16th Century. Animal welfare charity The League were instrumental in helping bring about the ban on hunting with dogs in the UK, the Hunting Act 2004 - but their work is far from over. When we released our Winter's Tale collaboration with Chaser Spaeth in December 2019, we donated £1000 (on behalf of the entire Dixi Family) to their efforts in the hope that this can give a small something back to the animals that so inspired that beautiful collection.
"Although banned in 2004, hunting with dogs is sadly still happening, as hundreds of animals each year are still being harmed or killed. With 192 registered hunts in the UK, last season alone we saw a 36% increase in calls from the public to our confidential Animal Crimewatch line. We also recorded 700 fox hunting incidents, which is a 52% increase from the previous season." - league.org.uk
The League have provided this handy list on their website here on things that we can all do to contribute to the welfare of our wildlife. Please make sure to visit their website for even more information on what they do!
- Contact your MP and ask them to urge their party to keep and strengthen the fox hunting ban
- Sign the petition to strengthen the hunting ban
- Join one of our to help us raise awareness about fox hunting
- Download and share our amazing Foxycology infographic packed with fox facts
- Share the work of The League on your social media
- While you are here why not also sign "Not Born To Fight" to help bring a stronger legislative environment to tackle dog fighting
We were really excited to receive a handwritten thank you card from the team at The League after sending our Dixi Family donation. The League are only a small charity that do an enormous amount of good - not only directly providing sanctuaries and investigating reports of cruelty, but indirectly such as through education and lobbying politicians to get welfare laws passed. So if you can lend a hand in any of the ways listed above, we know that your help will be truly appreciated!
Artist - Amberry Lamb
We are obsessed with the work of Amberry Lamb @amberrylamb on Instagram! If you love forest creature inspired art as much as we do, you should give her a follow!
Juniper the Fox (and keeping foxes as pets)
Meet one of our favourite Instagram accounts, juniperfoxx! Who are we kidding, you've probably already heard of her if you aren't already following her! :')
Juniper's Mom is an animal advocate with a whole house full of exotics, and she is an expert on foxes. Sometimes it's easy for us all to look at the beautiful photos of her animals and think 'SO CUTE I WANT ONE'. But it's important to remember that foxes are not like dogs - they are wild animals, they have a language all their own, and (in most cases) should not be a pet. Actually, in the US, you need a license to own a fox. Juniper and her siblings are rescues that would not survive in the wild.
Please visit her website here for loads more information on foxes, and the reality of living with them!
Do you have another Fox account or animal advocate that you think we should be following on social media? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter / Instagram, because there will NEVER be enough animal content in our feeds!
Finally, why not make yourself a warm drink, snuggle up and watch this magical fox documentary created by National Geographic.
Love, your Sisters at Dixi x